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 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Is Amanda her own worst enemy?

Amanda is gunning for Candice and Jessie, but is she making a mistake?

To all of you who are Time Warner Cable customers, I want to send you my sympathies (no Showtime? No CBS? What the hell?) and promise I will do my best to unravel the mess that is this night's episode of hamster meltdown. May the CBS app be with you!

We kick things off with Gina Marie reveling in her HoH status, which means she hasn't tried writing her HoH blog just yet. Apparently, this enterprise caused her to weep bitterly, knowing that the general public would discover she's mostly illiterate. If it makes her feel any better, I think we all had an inkling. Anyway, she lures the hamsters she's just insulted into her room as flip-flopping pond scum in order to make nice. She tries to assure Jessie she's not the target, because being the pawn is SO much safer. Gina Marie promises her that her door is always open, as if she's 7-11 or possibly a paid escort. The good news is that, when Gina Marie gets voted out and discovers she's unemployed, she definitely could have a future in customer service. 

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<p>This is just a random picture of Aaryn, because I don't want to spoil elimination.</p>

This is just a random picture of Aaryn, because I don't want to spoil elimination.

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - Whose eviction ends Aaryn's reign?

Would Candice, Howard or Amanda go home?

Another Head of Household tenure will end for Aaryn on Thursday (August 1) night. 

Will the end of her reign see the departure of Amanda, Candice or Howard? Well, yes. Obviously. But which one? 

Let's find out, after the break...

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 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Will Aaryn make a big move or play it safe?

America picks a very unexpected third nominee

So, Aaryn's reign of terror as HoH has been surprisingly mild, given that Helen is pulling her strings like an amateur puppeteer. The veto competition and the announcement of America's MVP, of course, could throw off all of Helen's not-so-careful planning, so it's still worthwhile to tune in on a Wednesday. It's not just a lame veto competition after all!

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 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Will Aaryn keep her promise to Helen this week?

With a new HoH and a third nominee to be determined, no one is safe

I never thought Aaryn would be HoH for a second time, largely because I thought she'd have been sent home by this point in the game, but wonders never cease on "Big Brother," do they? By some incredible stroke of luck (or a very precise throwing arm), Aaryn is the queen of the castle this week -- which means almost anything could happen. The only guarantee? Clowny the creepy clown is back! Mwahahahahaha!

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<p>The three &quot;Big Brother&quot; nominees</p>

The three "Big Brother" nominees

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - Which awful hamster went home?

Judd's reign will eliminate at least one malconent

It's elimination night on "Big Brother" and guess what? No matter who goes home on Thursday (July 25) night, they're gonna be a relatively icky person. It says something that Kaitlin is probably the best person among the three hamsters up for eviction on Thursday night, which mostly relates to her being placed against Aaryn and GinaMarie.

Does that mean she'll be sent home? Of course not! Let's see how things go down...

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This week's HoH, Judd

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'Big Brother' Recap: Who will Judd nominate for eviction?

What changes happen when an under-the-radar player is center of attention?

The introduction of the “MVP” to this season of “Big Brother” seemed to negate the possibility of people simply floating through the season in hopes of not being noticed. Instead, making Elissa one of the contestants rendered the twist all but moot, and producers have already changed the MVP rules in order to break Elissa’s stranglehold over that position. The current House Of Household, Judd, took advantage of this oversight and has remained largely incognito thus far. But now that everyone will be looking to curry favor with him, will Judd have a strong, non-passive approach to the game? Or will putting him into the spotlight cause him to wilt?

Only one way to find out, and we’ll do so during tonight’s liveblog. This will be my last one for now, as the HitFix staff makes their way back from San Diego and Comic-Con. So I’m hoping for some fireworks tonight, but I’ll settle for “less racism.” You gotta set your sights low when it comes to “Big Brother.” Come back starting at 8:00 p.m. EST and follow along!
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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - The third contestant goes home

Will Aaryn leave, or will house strategy send Jeremy packing?

Another Thursday, another elimination ceremony on “Big Brother.” With Spencer all but forgotten at this point, it comes down to Aaryn and Jeremy on the chopping block tonight. Aaryn has angered the most people with her behavior, but plenty of players deem Jeremy as the bigger threat in the overall scheme of things. There’s punishment enough awaiting Aaryn once she gets on the outside of the house, but there’s also the outside chance that contestants will view her attitude as so toxic that there’s no chance she would ever win the show. By that gameplay logic, removing her at any point in the early proceedings would be a waste of an elimination.

All of that theorizing implies “strategy,” something that’s been sorely lacking thus far inside the “Big Brother” house. Still, that’s fairly common at this stage of the game, where alliances are unwieldy, character traits are still unknown, and the sheer number of players makes smart gameplay difficult to achieve. My instinct is that Aaryn survives to offend another day, while the men try to figure out how they lost control of the house so quickly. But who knows? That’s why we watch the show. I’ll be liveblogging throughout the night, starting at 9:00 pm EST. Make sure to refresh throughout the episode!
 
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Is Aaryn still on the block after the Veto Competition?

Is Aaryn still on the block after the Veto Competition?

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'Big Brother' Recap: Romance battles greed as the veto competition looms

Helen turns on the waterworks to help backdoor Jeremy, but is she successful?

Hey there, “Big Brother” fans. With most of the HitFix staff currently in an insanely long line at Comic-Con, I’ll be filling in for a few days covering the show. I’ve spent the last few weeks watching the program with as much enjoyment as dread: while certain aspects of the show have been as compelling as ever, the sheer amount of bigoted hatred on display has dulled almost all pure enjoyment. Watching “Big Brother” has turned into hanging out at a family reunion with THAT RELATIVE who always spews the craziest nonsense at the loudest volumes. “Big Brother” isn’t above rigging the game in order to keep controversial players in the house as long as possible. But if Aaryn isn’t sitting with Julie Chen this Thursday (and my God what an interview THAT would be), I’d be shocked.

 
Then again, stranger things have happened in the show’s history, so far be it for me to put tons of stock in that prediction. Maybe she’ll win MVP and spark the country’s second Civil War. Anything can happen! So let’s find out, as I liveblog the next three episodes.
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 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Racist hatred reaches a new level in the house

The losers can't contain their malice as mattresses and hamsters flip

Holy crap -- did they actually put up a disclaimer before the show started? "Just FYI, we at CBS aren't racist, homophobic pigs, even though we cast people who are for our TV show! Sorry!" Maybe Aaryn goes on yet another tear, or maybe the nasty comments of the other racist/homophobic hamsters are included in this episode. Really, they could create a voting block. It's what, five hamsters who've said utterly disgusting things? While I'm glad CBS is  no longer ignoring the issue in the primetime show (it would be hard to do at this point), it does make this show a lot less fun than it's been in previous seasons. 

But let's move on. Although "Big Brother" is housing scumbags on the CBS lot, I still regret having lost faith in the show. It really seemed that the Moving Company was on a path of total domination, so can you blame me? Even though the girls in the house had started to catch on, offing Nick required breaking that secret alliance. It was certainly too strong (until it wasn't), right?  But I repent, "Big Brother." I will forevermore trust Julie Chen when she says I must expect the unexpected. Well, until "the unexpected" is a new way to splatter paint and goo on the hamsters. 

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<p>How would Aaryn's Head of Household reign end?</p>

How would Aaryn's Head of Household reign end?

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - Mom Squad versus Moving Company

Will The Moving Company keep Nick safe? Or is there a shocker in store?
Hey gang. It's Dan. It's Elimination Thursday and the people who monitor the feeds swear that there's excitement ahead. 
 
I hope so!
 
If Elissa goes home tonight on "Big Brother" it'll be one of the worst pieces of gameplay in "Big Brother" history. Perhaps even in reality TV history. 
 
With the MVP, the producers have given her more power than any "BB" houseguest has ever had, since apparently Elissa's sister's fans are so insane that they're willing to vote for Elissa despite getting no indication that she has any kind of strategic acumen at all. Elissa's being targeted because she's a threat, but how is she not using this MVP nonsense to her advantage?
 
If I'm her, I'm going at least seven or eight of the remaining hamsters and saying, "Look, I've been MVP two straight weeks and you're viewing that as bad. You think you can vote me out and maybe you'll get to be MVP. Guess what? That's true. But chances are, you won't be. Chances are good that whoever is MVP will be someone who doesn't like you, somebody who will put you up. So here's my deal: Keep me here and I won't put you up and I won't backdoor you. That's a guarantee. You won't get a better offer. Keeping me, means you don't have to worry about the MVP and you can just play the game." I don't know if that'll work late in the game, but it sure as heck should work this early. 
 
We'll see how things go down after the break...
 
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